Last night, the Milwaukee Bucks lost 127-120 to the Los Angeles Clippers, and in the process they might have suffered a loss much worse. In the second quarter, star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sprained his ankle and did not return to the game.

Antetokounmpo, in 17 minutes of action, made five of his nine shots and had 12 points. In addition to his scoring prowess, Antetokounmpo also had four blocks and a steal which shows how much of an impact he could have had if he had not gotten injured less than halfway through the game.

Antetokounmpo was in the midst of a phenomenal season where he was averaging 27.5 points per game with 10.1 rebounds per game. He has also been extremely efficient from the floor and has a field goal percentage of 53.2% which would be a career-high. Antetokounmpo was a borderline MVP candidate this season and leads the Bucks in points, rebounds and assists. If he is going to be any period of time, one can expect the Bucks to struggle in his absence.

Currently, the Bucks are clinging to the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 37-34 record. The Pistons are currently five games back of the Bucks, and still have 11 games to catch up.

Although it appears that the Bucks should make the playoffs, Antetokounmpo’s injury does perhaps open the door for the Pistons moving forward.